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Dorothy W. Sanborn papers

Identifier: 0320

Scope and Contents

The collection contains many copies of newspaper articles, as well as book drafts, article notes and short stories. It also contains correspondence with editors/publishers and family members, as well as multiple obituaries and a folder of unidentified photographs.


  • 1946-2001, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Curator of the Maine Women Writers Collection.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Wilkins Sanborn (Dotti) was born in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1908. She died in 2001 in Bridgton, Maine. Sanborn graduated from Boston University, and earned a master’s of education from the University of Maine. In 1942, Sanborn moved to Bridgton with her husband and began writing “Up on the Ridge,” a neighborhood column for The Bridgton News. In the 1950’s, she wrote a weekly column for the Boston Post Sunday Magazine, and also began teaching fifth grade.

After her retirement from teaching in 1973, Sanborn began writing “Bird Seed,” a column also for The Bridgton News, which she wrote for 21 years. Her articles also appeared in Bird Watchers Digest. After her husband died in 1995, she changed her column to “Speaking of Maine Food,” which she wrote until her death.


3.90 linear feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized into three series: 1. Writings; 2. Correspondence; 3. Personal.

Guide to the Dorothy W. Sanborn papers, 1946-2001
Jefferson Navicky
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Maine Women Writers Collection Repository

Abplanalp Library
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland Maine 04103 United States